Why Do Eye Doctors Wear Glasses?

One of the first things you may notice when you go to an optometrist is that he or she wears glasses. And then you’ll notice that most of them do. Why is it so? Is there anything cool about being an eye doctor and wearing glasses? You can easily answer these questions when you more closely examine what eye doctors usually do. They may wear glasses because either they can suffer eye damage in the course of seeing patients, or perhaps they already have had an eye injury. But many people have common eye problems, and eye doctors aren’t the exception. They probably wear glasses because they have the same eye conditions many of their patients have.

What Kinds of Eye Damage Can Eye Doctors Be Exposed To?

Did you know that eye injuries in the workplace are quite common? According to the NIOSH, (National Institute for Occupational Safety) at least 2,000 US workers suffer eye damage during work requiring some level of medical treatment. Your eye doctor might wear glasses to protect his own eyes and prevent the possibility for injuries.

Additionally, all health care workers, including your eye doctor, need to be conscious of the risk of being exposed to diseases through their eyes. Uncovered eyes can come in contact with airborne particles caused through respiratory droplets during coughing, blood splashes, or touching eyes with contaminated objects or fingers.

Common Eye Conditions

Eye doctors can have chronic eye conditions requiring them to wear glasses. The most common eye conditions are:

  • Myopia is nearsightedness. An individual with myopia can see only see clearly objects that are close. Myopia makes objects far away blurry and can be corrected with glasses.
  • Hyperopia is farsightedness. A person with hyperopia sees objects in the distance clearly but can’t see up close.
  • Accommodative Esotropia, or crossed eyes, can easily be controlled by wearing glasses.
  • Astigmatism means that the front part of the eye isn’t round, but oval-shaped. It causes blurred vision that can also be corrected with glasses.
  • Anisometropia occurs when the degree of vision in a person’s eye are very different. This causes poor vision of one or both eyes. It can be corrected by the glasses.

Does It Matter That You’re Eye Doctor Wears Glasses?

It shouldn’t matter at all if your eye doctor wears glasses. If he delivers high quality service that is what is important. It may seem a bit strange to see your eye doctor wearing glasses when you look to him to solve your own eye problems. But can you blame him? At the end of the day, your eye doctor is just as human as you. He may even like wearing glasses. Maybe he thinks his patients will be more comfortable getting glasses if he sets the example.  In any event, as long as he takes care of your eyes as well as he cares for his own, that is what matters most.